Laura Geller Baked Marble Eyeshadow/Eye Rimz Duo ($24 @ QVC) is two powders in one pan – an eyeshadow and a powder eyeliner. Both can be used wet or dry, and the instructions suggest you can “target” different areas of pigment to get lighter and darker shades to apply.
Vanilla is a light golden caramel shadow with fine shimmer that applies richly dry or wet. I didn’t find I could “target” any ribbons of color in my pot because they’re all too fine to fit a brush in. But I was very pleased with the pigmentation and overall look of this shadow.
Black Cherry, on the other hand, was a disappointment. It looks like a deep black-purple shimmer in the pan, but it’s actually got a lot of gray and ends up a sort of dull gray-purple, wet or dry. I tried to line with it dry, which you’re supposed to be able to do, but it just wouldn’t deposit enough color. I often line with dry shadows for a soft smoky look, but even wet this one just didn’t cut it. I just couldn’t build up the pigmentation. It also applied rather sheerly, even when I tried to use it as regular shadow.
This is the dry swatch of Vanilla and Black Cherry. See how Vanilla goes on nicely with lots of coverage? And Black Cherry is just more sheer than it should be if you’re supposed to use it as a liner. You can actually see my vein through the top of it, just a little.
And here they are wet. Vanilla is actually so good that all applying it wet changes is that it’s more metallic and reflective. Applied wet, Black Cherry is less sheer, but still just not at the pigmentation level I want for lining my eyes.
That’s Black Cherry applied wet. It’s just nothing like what I expected from seeing it in the pan.